Innovative Hardware Technologies for Electromagnetic Attack Rejection in Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Radars

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7662
Agency Tracking Number: B10B-001-0007
Amount: $99,709.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA10-T001
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 261501, San Diego, CA, -
DUNS: 118547830
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Ness
 President
 (858) 566-2372
 nessengr@san.rr.com
Business Contact
 Richard Ness
Title: President
Phone: (858) 566-2372
Email: nessengr@san.rr.com
Research Institution
 University of Missouri Columbia
 Randy Curry
 311 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO, 65211-
 (573) 882-3017
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RFDEW) are maturing sufficiently to become a threat to sensitive circuits onboard military platforms. With a large number of active elements, Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) phased array radar units are particularly susceptible and require improvement over the current state-of-the-art in limiter technology. This is particularly needed in the development of faster limiters that can be PCB mounted to adapt into the existing solid state receivers and operate in a passive mode if at all possible. Ness Engineering, Inc. and the University of Missouri, Columbia are proposing a new board-level microwave limiter to protect radar receivers from High Power Microwave (HPM) attacks. The limiter is designed to be incorporated into a micro-strip transmission line and short the line within 5 nanoseconds of detecting a RFDEW attack. The Phase I proposed effort will involve development of a brassboard limiter, preliminary optimization of the limiter system design, and characterization of its operation in response to HPM and high power RF signal application. We will also validate the insertion loss of the device with respect to normal signal levels and operations.

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